Messi, Suarez And Ronaldo Up For UEFA Best Player
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo will compete for UEFA’s Best Player in Europe award for last season.
UEFA have confirmed that the three superstars topped a Europe-wide poll of journalists who chose from a 10-player shortlist.
The same 54-member panel picks a winner on August 27 at the Champions League group draw in Monaco.
Suarez is nominated despite starting his season in late-October after serving a FIFA ban for biting at the World Cup.
The Uruguay forward scored the final goal in Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Juventus in the Champions League final.
Five Juventus players were shortlisted – Gianluigi Buffon, Paul Pogba, Carlos Tevez, Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo (now New York City) – but only one from the Premier League, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.
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